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Batch 19: Canon Era (10) - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Batch 19: Canon Era (10)
after Ron is poisoned and like before they are allowed in to see him, Ginny and hermione talk about what if Ron dies and how they been treating him so lousy, and Ginny admits to hermione she totally let it slip to Ron that Hermione kissed Krum and that's why Ron got with Lavender. and how hermione reactss. for Christine Brigg

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Harry was off giving his version of events to Madam Pomfrey--again--and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley and the twins were being briefed on what had happened. This left Hermione and Ginny alone in the corridor outside the hospital door. Ginny was sitting on the floor. She looked as pale as she had second year, and was staring numbly at the wall.

Hermione sat down beside her. "He'll be all right," she said. "Madam Pomfrey will clean the poison out. Everything will be fine."

"You don't know that," Ginny said.

"Yes, I do. He'll be fine."

Ginny turned her head very slowly, like she was fighting against a current of treacle. "Do you love my brother?"

"We've talked about this," Hermione said.

"Yeah. I ask if you love him. You say, 'We'd kill each other.' It's not an answer."

Hermione took a deep breath. "Yes," she said. "Sure I do. I don't know how I love him, but sure."

Ginny seemed to accept this. "I do, too," she said, turning her head in that slow way again, this time, looking back at the wall. "Reckon he might not think so this year, though."

"Why not?"

"He caught me snogging Dean. I told him off. I told him he was the only one not getting any snogging in."

"You...?" A thought struck Hermione. "Ginny, did you tell him what I told you about Viktor?"

"Well, not the part him tasting like stuffed cabbage." She looked miserably down. "I guess I thought he knew... or, well, I convinced myself that he knew. I mean, you were going out with Krum for months. I reckoned he didn't imagine you were playing cribbage the whole time. I was just trying to say that I wasn't the only one. Only when I said it, he got all green. You know how he gets? And I realized he didn't know. Of course, I was too mad to care."

Hermione wanted to be angry at Ginny, but she was sitting so still, so quiet... and, to be fair, Hermione had assumed Ron had done the maths as well. She hadn't rubbed it in his face, but... really, what had he thought? "Don't tell me," she said. "That was right before--"

"Lavendar," Ginny said dully. She sighed. "I hope he's got some good snogging out of it."

"He seems to have." Hermione looked at the hospital door, willing Madam Pomfrey to come out and say that Ron would be fine. It remained stubbornly shut. "And I turned around and threw Cormac MacLaggan in his face."

"Spending that much time with MacLaggan has to be its own punishment," Ginny said.

"I thought so until this," Hermione said. Ginny didn't answer. "What was he doing in Slughorn's rooms, anyway?"

Ginny snorted. "Romilda Vane tried to slip Harry a love potion. Ron took it. Harry took him down to Slughorn's to clear it."

"Oh." Hermione considered this. "So, what are we going to do to Romilda?"





im going to come off as repetitive, but if someone else can ask about james jr all the time.... I want more Romilda. still harry sixth year, still her plotting to snare him, but Mclaggen gets involved and there a bit of a thing between them, like cormac flirting with her. also harry manages to pull a prank on romilda and his other fangirls, by himself or with help. for Betthany Anne

[I can't work all of the elements in--there's no way that sixth year Harry would be pranking anyone without more words of explanation than a ficlet has! But I'll see what I can do with the rest! Since it fits, I'll just continue the above.]
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"Late night studying?" someone asked from the shadows of the Gryffindor Common Room.

Romilda looked up from her spot near the fireplace, frustrated. Cormac McLaggan was standing at the bottom of the boys' staircase, smirking. They weren't supposed to use the fireplace for potion brewing--that was why she was down here at two-thirty in the morning--and he knew it. "Potions," she said tartly. "Extra credit."

"I hear you have a knack for them." He came out into the room and sat down on the couch behind Romilda. "Hear it was one of yours that landed Weasley in the infirmary."

"That was a poison," Romilda said. "It wasn't mine."

"Oh, right. You were just brewing him a love potion."

"Ew! No, why would I want to brew a love potion for a raggedy ginger who wouldn't be anyone at all if he wasn't friends with better people?"

Cormac laughed. "Do you mean Potter or Granger?"

"Either of them, but obviously, I wasn't trying to send it to Granger. She doesn't exactly live in a dormitory where it would be easy for Weasley to have taken it by accident, now does she?"

"She's cute, though."

"If that's your sort, I suppose."

"I thought she was. But she's a tease. Reckon it'd serve her right if she found herself mooning about over me and getting ignored in front of everyone. Do you have any of that potion left?"

"If I did, I wouldn't give it to you. Total waste. She wouldn't drink anything if she didn't know where it came from, at least not without testing it. She's too smart."

"And you think Potter won't be too smart after this morning?"

"Well, probably he'll have an eye out for love potions."

"So, what are you really brewing for, er, 'extra credit'?"

She sighed. She was caught if he wasn't on her side already. "Nothing that's working. It was supposed to be an Erasing Elixir to spray on all the furniture down here--"

"Try to get people's minds off what you did?" He grinned again. "I know that one."

"Well, it's supposed to go all purplish, but it still looks like melted bogeys."

"You don't really think they'll give that recipe to a fourth year?"

"I found it in the restricted section."

"Ah. I see. May I?"

"Are you going to tell on me?" She picked up the piece of parchment where she'd scribbled it down this afternoon.

He snorted and took the parchment. "Perish the thought." He scanned the recipe. "Are you using the dragon liver or the essence of belladonna where it says you have a choice?"

"I only have the belladonna."

"You should try dragon liver."

"I don't have it."

Cormac grinned. "I have it. Advanced Potions. It's one of the advantages of being seventh year instead of a fourth year."

"Could I have some?"

"Depends. What can you trade for it?"

Romilda raised an eyebrow and examined Cormac, whose idea of a trade was quite clear in his leer. She shrugged. "I'll stick with the belladonna."

"You wound me," he said dryly. "Suit yourself." He looked again at the list of ingredients, and frowned. "Which book did you say this came from?"

"Potions Powerhouse. It was popular a few years ago, until they found out a few don't work well. I've been using it all year. I misshelved it in the Restricted Section so no one else would find it. It's a lucky book--practically fell open to just the potion I needed. Why?"

"Abysinnian shrivelfig... pufferfish eyes... they cancel each other, or--" He broke off and looked at the cauldron. "Was it still misshelved when you got it today?"

"No. But so what? Pince must've been through."

"Maybe not Pince." He pointed at the cauldron.

Romilda turned. The cauldron was now pulsing--growing huge above the fire, then shrinking, then growing. It was glowing a bright blue. "What the--?"

The surface of the potion broke into fireworks, which danced above the cauldron and formed two faces--Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley. Ginny's hand came up and made a crude gesture.

"I think we'd best get back," Cormac said, as the potion abruptly boiled over with an explosive head of steam. It rolled over both of them.

Romilda didn't feel anything after it. "Hmph," she said, getting up and dusting herself off. "Lots of show for no effect. That's..." She frowned. Her voice sounded off. "What's happening?" She turned around. Cormac McLaggan was rubbing at his face, which was now green and warty.

Slowly, Romilda reached up to summon her mirror.
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hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: January 24th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
See? You got through it and it was a hoot. I would think any requester would understand if they put in too many elements or something too far outside your characterization.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
:(

I didnt't thought I was asking too much.

they seem long in general so like i thought it would fit.

the harry pranking romilda was like, last minute, so i dont mind she didnt put it.

i still liked it a lot. romilda and cormac got their just desserts. i can imagine romilda's face when she looks in the mirror. :p


mclaggen is a sour loser and i like he was the one that got hit first.

like i dont get what romilda is doing though- is she making the tables invisible? or was she lying about that?

sorry for making mine hard.

thank you a lot

Betthany Anne
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 24th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem with getting Harry to start doing practical jokes in a year when he's got a lot more important things on his mind is that it takes a lot of time to work up to it--there's not room in a story less than 1000 words long!
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
i dont think harry pranking someone who annoys him is outside his canon characterization

he's done it to dudley, and malfoy. why wouldn{t he do it to romilda, even if she's a girl?

°A
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 24th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Because that year, Harry does not have pranking on his mind. (I also don't recall him ever pranking Malfoy, per se.)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
he did pranked malfoy, both 5th year and third year.

third year, while invisible hit him with mud in the back of his head, and that was the reason he almost got caught by snape.

5th year he jynxed malfoy on the train, with the help of the DA.

and i wouldn't say harry's mind was booked. he did had time for quidditch after all.

°A
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 25th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't think of either of those as pranks--the Shrieking Shack scene wasn't planned, just a spur-of-the-moment bit of hijinks. It's not like he was leaving Malfoy notes suggesting that he ought to go there. And on the train, it was a fight. Neither has that practical joke/prank vibe about them--that would imply a pre-planned trick.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: January 24th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
All the time. Every time...

There can never be too much James Sirius.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 24th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wholeheartedly agree. I need to get back to Ville-Sauvage. ;p
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: January 24th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah! Revenge is sweet as it turns out. And is it weird that even though Romilda is obviously a bit of a creepy here with the love potions that I like that she's so smart? Because clearly she is....but so are Ginny and Hermione too :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 24th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I definitely prefer writing smart kids. ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
i want so much for hermione to be angrier at ginny, but ginny worrying that ron could die kind of makes me feel sorry for her. ;(

but like, ginny shouldn't still mock him for lavender considering she provoked it.

and like would hermione really say ron and her would kill each other? she should know they fight and then make up.

when you say hermione dated krum you mean during fourth year, right? like krum was gone by the end of the year, and fifth year hermione seem certain she liked ron more.

but it was good. thanks

Christine Brigg
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